AUSTRALIA DAY IN REGIONAL VICTORIA

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says Australia Day is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the future of regional Australia. Senator McKenzie said with the mining boom receding, key future growth opportunities could be found in regional Australia. ‘‘Agribusiness, gas and tourism were recently identified by the Deloitte report ‘Positioning for Prosperity: Catching the…

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FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON MOBILE COVERAGE PROGRAM

North east Victorians are being encouraged to provide feedback on the Coalition Government’s $100 million regional mobile coverage program. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the government had released a discussion paper on how to structure the program, which is aimed at improving mobile coverage in regional areas. Senator McKenzie encouraged those affected by…

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MCKENZIE BACKS CATTLE GRAZING TRIAL

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has voiced her support for the Victorian Government’s application for a cattle grazing trial in the Victorian Alpine National Park. Senator McKenzie said the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria Annual Festival being held this weekend near Omeo, would be a celebration of the skills and practices of the high…

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SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS

With less than a week to go before Christmas, Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has urged regional Victorians to support local businesses in the last minute Christmas rush. Senator McKenzie said small businesses were the life blood of regional economies, but relied upon strong local demand to survive. ‘‘As more people shop online, many…

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MCKENZIE WELCOMES SPC TASKFORCE

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has welcomed the announcement of a special high-level taskforce to investigate assistance for SPC Ardmona by Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane this morning. The panel comprises Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Mr Richard (Dick) Warburton AO LVO and the Hon Greg Combet AM. The taskforce, which has already met, will provide…

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Dairy stars in estimates

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says the proposed front of pack labelling scheme developed under Labor does not give a true depiction of a product’s health benefits and is not based on evidence of behavioural change. During Senate estimates this week, Senator McKenzie’s questioning revealed the flawed application and assumptions of the front of…

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HEARING REINFORCES NEED FOR EMERGENCY SAFEGUARDS

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said a Productivity Commission hearing held in Melbourne today as part of its inquiry into processed fruit imports reinforced the need for emergency safeguards.   Senator McKenzie attended the hearing, after making written submissions to the Commission earlier this year. Representatives from the City of Greater Shepparton and Member…

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MCKENZIE TOURS EDUCATION PROVIDERS

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie will today visit Charles Sturt University and GO TAFE in Wangaratta with state Nationals member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy.   The two education providers have partnered to offer agricultural education study options where students can advance from Certificate III to degrees in agriculture and agribusiness. Degrees in nursing,…

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